The Great 'What to buy the person who has everything' Hunt



  • bandraoi
    bandraoi Posts: 1,261 Forumite
    Scarfs are great. You can personalise them with a color/pattern to suit the person you're giving to, they come in all price ranges and they're one size fits all.
  • -1-
    -1- Posts: 1,289 Forumite
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    helloecho wrote: »
    Maybe if you're handy in the kitchen, some description of home-made mince pies, biscuits, or Christmas cake might make a nice, thoughtful (and also moneysaving) gift.

    I also like the idea of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts (and I'm sure other charities do similar things)... give them a goat, or some textbooks, or 100 school meals for people in developing countries.

    Will Oxfam be ok with me walking in with a Goat to donate ?.:rotfl:
    :wave: Smile, you only get one life, LIVE IT.
  • I got my brother vouchers for Pizza Express and Odeon. He (and his wife) can go out for a film and then a nice pizza after. Easy to wrap too - just put them in the card ;)

    DVD rental vouchers are always pretty good too, Lovefilm offer games and hi-def discs in their packages as well as downloadables.

    For people who ask for cash, I ask them why they want it. If they say they're saving for something, I buy them vouchers for that place (i.e. electricals - Argos, a holiday - Thomas Cook). If it's something that can't be bought in a shop I give them a cheque which I print on my PC good for whatever it is they're after: i.e. a valet service for the car, or a new hairdo for example. I find a place they can get it done and will pay for it when the time comes (good for holding back your spending until after Xmas).

    If only someone would give me a cheque to have some of the scratches on my car painted over!!
  • How about tickets to see fave tv show being recorded? Try BBC website etc, or (standing room only). I'm still trying to get them for hubby (fingers crossed). They're free!
  • Regarding experience days, I used to work for Red Letter Days who specialise in this and can tell you that most of the experiences are so much cheaper if you go direct to the venue. You are basically paying for the fancy gift voucher pack, but you can either do one up for yourself or sometimes the experience suppliers direct do one anyway. So get your ideas from Red Letter Days and similiar experience companies, decide what you want and then go on the internet to find out who does it. Red Letter Days had only a few experiences which were only unique to them, and some of the experiences maybe had an extra like a free t-shirt thrown in or a RLD representative there on the day to help out. But the difference you pay is really, not worth it, trust me.
  • How about not buying them anything?! Let's face it, if they have everything, they don't need anything. And what better way to save money than to not spend any?!!!

    Of course, I'm kidding. But don't you just hate it when people say "You don't need to get me anything" and then wonder why you haven't got them anything?!!!
  • I have been buying Knorks for the people in my family with everything. As the name suggestes, a Knork is a combined knife and fork, is really well made and looks really classy.

    Just look for Knork on

  • A journal jar is a great idea. They use it to meke a record of significant events in their lives and the finished book can then become a treasured item for all the family.

    You can make your own but this website sells them ready made with a journal too.

    I got one for my mum and che cried when she opened it
  • Sami_Bee
    Sami_Bee Posts: 14,555 Forumite
    My mum is a teacher and therefore has received millions of gifts in her time!
    Some of the best ones were:

    "A Childhood box" it had old fashioned sweets like parma violets and sherbet dip and a video of blue peter best bits from when she watched it. (you can get a set of the sweets from IWOOT but I'm sure its cheaper to put together yourself!)

    Hand made chocolates

    her favorite Wine!

    Me and my MIL both got a "growing gift" last year of an amaryllis and we had fun seeing who could grow the biggest/most flowers

    or there's always socks!
    The very best is sometimes what nature gives us for free.
    3onitsway wrote: »
    I think Sami is right, as always!
  • JDPower
    JDPower Posts: 1,673 Forumite
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    -1- wrote: »
    Boots do a nice £20 "name a star " pack, where you can erm.. name a star, you get the location of your star so you can spot it.
    Speaking as someone who bought one of these I can safely say you'd need to be an expert astronomer to spot your star. They do give you the location of it but they not visible to anything except a strong telescope.

    Still a nice gesture though and I was happy with it, as were the people I gave it to (admittedly it was for a slightly more sombre reason than Christmas)
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